All Blacks take Nelson Thriller

Rugby Championship 2018: New Zealand Report

New Zealand saw off a spirited Argentina side 46-24 in an utter try-fest at Trafalgar Park in Nelson on Saturday.

The victory sees the All Blacks extend their lead at the summit of the Rugby Championship standings, having taken all 15-log points on offer thus far.

Mario Ledesma’s men, meanwhile, will take heart from an immensely competitive display that will certainly give them a massive confidence boost heading into the remaining three rounds.

Richie Mo’unga, who replaced reigning two-time World Player of the Year, Beauden Barrett, in the starting XV, got the hosts off the mark after the South American front-row were pinged for collapsing at scrum time.

The men in black were dealt a trio of massive blows on the 10-minute mark after, rather bizarrely, Ben Smith, Ngani Laumape, and Brodie Retallick all hobbled off injured following an extended period of offensive play.

Still, though, both sets of players continued to show an eagerness to put on a show with breathless non-stop attacking footy making for a highly entertaining contest.

Ramiro Moyano put his side in front after some fantastic footwork led to Argentina’s first try, but a Nehe Milner-Skudder-effort narrowed the gap as Ben Smith, who had passed his HIA, was allowed back onto the pitch.

The frenetic pace of the game continued when TJ Perenara touched down, while another Mo’unga penalty ensured the hosts maintained a slim 18-7 lead at the break.

Los Pumas hit back just 80-seconds into the second-forty when Nicholas Sanchez dived over from close range, his ensuing conversion reducing the gap to four.

A try to Kiwi captain Kieran Read and another successful Sanchez effort from the tee, this time from a penalty, kept the scoreboard ticking over, but Perenara bagged his second try of the night after a good break by Anton Lienert-Brown.

Emiliano Boffelli hit back again for the visitors, but it was too little too late as further tries to Shannon Frizell and Jack Goodhue all but ended the contest.

Steve Hansen’s men next host South Africa in Wellington, while Argentina travel to Queensland to tackle Australia.

New Zealand:
Tries – Milner-Skudder, Perenara (2), Read, Frizell, Goodhue
Cons – Mo’unga (5)
Pens –  Mo’unga (2)

Tries – Moyano, Sanchez, Boffelli
Cons – Sanchez (3)
Pens – Sanchez

New Zealand:
15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Samuel Whitelock, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Gaston Cortez, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

Written by Shaun Goosen for Hollywoodbets

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